Discovering the Vegan Haven of Sheffield


Being spoilt as far as vegan options are concerned back at home, there was a bit of apprehension as to what awaited us on the other side of the ocean in Sheffield.  With the number of vegans in the UK soaring to more than 3.5 million according to a survey published in The Independent, I decided that there is no way that  I would go hungry and I took the plunge and booked my vacation. When you think of the Steel City, you probably envision the home of the oldest soccer club in the world to be filled with nothing but burger joints and quaint little tearooms serving meat pies.  In reality, however, Sheffield has so much to offer vegans that is fast emerging a contender in the race to be known as an international city of veganism. Of the many vegan establishments, we came across, the following three stood out.
Burger Lolz
If you are homesick for some all-American comfort food, Burger Lolz will undoubtedly be a dream come true. Situated in Abbeydale Road which is known as the vegan quarter of Sheffield, Burger Lolz offers vegan junk food at its very best. The menu is fun and varied and includes a number of old-time favorites such as onion rings, mac & cheese fries, gigantic tofu hot dogs and juicy beetroot or seitan burgers. For a truly authentic UK experience, you simply have to try the vegan fish & chips, served with traditional mushy peas or a salad of your choice. No trip to Lolz would be complete without ordering one of their legendary vegan freak shakes which are undoubtedly the most outrageous we have ever seen and worth every pound spent.
Make No Bones
After being thoroughly impressed by the vegan offerings at Burger Lolz, no one expected to have an equally good experience at another restaurant.  We were, of course, proved wrong by the delicious grub on offer at Make No Bones on Chesterfield Road. When you have been vegan for nearly ten years, you tend to think that you have tasted just about every innovative meat-free dish in the world. Wrong! Make No Bones has taken vegan cuisine to a whole new level, offering scrumptious menu items ranging from beer-battered avo and Philly cheesesteak (made with seitan) to BBQ ribs, loaded fries and even cheesecake.  We were told by the manager that the menu gets changed on a regular basis and that meat-eaters frequent the restaurant just as often as vegans do. Not surprising, as our meals were some of the best we have ever had the pleasure of eating.
The Incredible Nutshell
Back in the USA, Market on South is the go-to vegan deli and store in the neighborhood. They are centrally located and stock a range of vegan delicacies that satisfy even my very discerning palate. There were absolutely no expectations to find anything even remotely similar in Sheffield, which is why it was such a pleasant surprise to stumble upon The Incredible Nutshell, just down the road from Make No Bones in Chesterfield Road. This little gem is apparently hailed as one of the best-stocked vegan stores in the UK and it wasn’t hard to see why. The shelves were loaded with everything a self-proclaimed vegan queen like myself could dream of – grocery items, baking ingredients, frozen prepared meals, savory snacks and chocolate.
Two weeks were definitely not long enough to fully explore what turned out to be one of my favorite vegan destinations in the world. If ever you find yourself in the UK, be sure to pay the city of Sheffield a visit and experience authentic vegan living at its absolute best.

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